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Aug 21, 2006 12:16 AM

Help me spend $50 on wine at Trader Joe's! [moved from SF Bay board]

Hey everyone, I got a $50 gift card to Trader Joe's for my birthday, and instead of just using it to buy groceries that I would normally buy, I figured I could buy some nice wines there.

I went to TJ's near Saratoga/Westgate today and here is what I found. Please comment if you have tried any of these wines. I am also open to others, as long as they are available at TJ's. Thanks for your help!!

Cabernet Sauvignons:
-2000 Saddleback Cellars, $30
-2000 Rodney Strong Reserve, $30
-2003 Stags Leap Napa Valley, $43
-2000 Tistraya Napa Valley, $28
-2003 Roth, Alexander Valley, $30
-2004 Crane Family Napa Valley, Don Rafaele Estate, $24

-2004 Rosenblum Cellars Zinfandel, Redwood Valley, Annette's Reserve, $33
-2003 Ridge Winery Merlot, SC Mtns $25
-2002 BV Reserve Tapestry Red, $35
-2000 Crichton Hall Reflexion (Bordeaux style), Napa, $30

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  1. i ran a few through cellartracker and it looks like the best bang for your buck in that selection is the saddleback. although personally i would go for the crichton.

    1. Griffen, thanks for your comment. I'd never seen before but it is awesome! The Saddleback and Crichton do look good, and the rosenblum got a good review too. This will definitely be a tough decision! I will probably pick up 2 of the wines w/ the GC.

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        1. Piper-Heidseick Brut Champagne (dry, not extra dry). $25, which is $7-10 cheaper than most places. Delicious!

          1. In the move to the Wine board, this thread seemed to have lost a couple informative posts! :(

            I take it that not too many people have tried these wines, and usually buy the cheaper wines at TJ's (myself included!).